James Pfrehm

Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:German Language and Linguistics
Phone:(607) 274-5139
Office:301 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I completed an MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001, and a PhD in Germanic Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. My research interests mainly reside in the field of sociolinguistics: perceptual dialectology, pluricentric languages (with a focus on Austrian German), language standardization and codification, and language variation. In addition to teaching, I enjoy exploring new venues of instructional technology, exercising, home brewing, hiking, fishing the many streams of Upstate NY, writing plays, reading all kinds of literature, and accompanying my two dachshunds on long walks.


Austrian Standard German: Biography of a National Variety of GermanLINCOM Europa Academic Publishing. 2015.

Selection of Courses Taught at Ithaca College


German 350: Contemporary German-Language Film

German 327: German Conversation and Stylistics

German 309: Introduction to German Literature

German 303: German Civilization

German 316: Modern German Drama: Controversial Plays of the 20th Century


Linguistics 210: Uncovering English: Sociocultural, Ideological, and Historical Perspectives

Linguistics 275: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Inquiry & Methods

Linguistics 232: Introduction to Linguistics

Anthropology 290: Sociocultural Linguistics

First-Year Seminars

Critical Thought and Expression Across the Curriculum

Language Matters

Honors Seminars

Ithaca Cultural Encounters


Technolingualism: Language and technology in dialogue. Bloomsbury Academic Press. 

Textures: pour approfondir la communication orale et étrite (Textures: Developing Oral and Written Communication). Yale University Press. 

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